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Article Archive For MAR2008

  • Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc. ? 2008 Edition: The Neatest Little Guide To Stock Market Investing ? Beat The Market The Easy Way! ? Day Trading For Dummies ? Surviving The Storm ? Timing Techniques For Commodity Futures Markets ? Trade What You See: How To Profit From Pattern Recognition ? The Ultimate Dividend Playbook...

  • Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile SIZING UP A STRADDLE BUY I was looking at a particular stock for a possible straddle. The company is expected to release earnings in 10 days. Suppose I intend to purchase options that have 50 days left until expiration. According to my calculations, the straddle can be initiated for a debit of $400 ($2.00 for the put and $2.00 for the call), which is also my maximum risk. If I intend to hold this trade for only 10 days, would 5% of my account size be a prudent amount to risk? For example, if my account size is $10,000, I can only do one contract straddle i...

  • Forex Focus: An MACD Trading System by Alexander Sabodin

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Forex Focus: An MACD Trading System by Alexander Sabodin This simple trading system was applied successfully to forex pairs using the moving average convergence/divergence. See if it'll work for you. Today, we see advertisements of different automatic trading systems at numerous websites and forums. If we took those ads seriously, all we would have to do is click the mouse and money would pour into our pockets. Not only that, such black boxes usually don't come cheap. Keeping all that in mind, let's try to create our own trading system. As long as you don't lay claim to the holy grail, a tra...

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner WHY TRADE FUTURES? Many beginning commodity traders are migrants from the world of stock trading, but before making the transition they often ask why they should trade futures. The answer is simple, but the decision to move forward isn't. No interest on leverage: The futures market is a convenient venue for speculators in that the leverage is high and the ability to buy or sell in any order is abundant. Unlike equity traders who must borrow shares of stock from their brokerage firm before short-selling and are then subject to interest charges, futures trade...

  • Interview: Daytrading With The StockBandit's Jeff White by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Interview: Daytrading With The StockBandit's Jeff White by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan Jeff White, founder and chief technical analyst of TheStockBandit.com, started trading the markets in 1998 and has since gained extensive experience in both stocks and options. His trading style has gradually evolved over the years, including, as he mentions in the interview, understanding the true usefulness of the exchange of ideas for an individual's trading. STOCKS & COMMODITIES Editor Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan (JG) and Staff Writer Bruce Faber (BF) interviewed White via a conference call on January 7, 2008....

  • Letters to S&C by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Letters to S&C by Technical Analysis, Inc. METASTOCK CODE FOR THE FRACTAL DIMENSION INDEX? Editor, I found Radha Panini's articles, "From Nile To NYSE" (February 2007 S&C) and "Trading Systems And Fractals" (March 2007 S&C), very interesting. At your website, I see that it's possible to get the code for some software, but I could not find code for MetaStock. Do you have any suggestions on where I can find MetaStock code for the fractal dimension index (FDI)? - MATTHIAS FREY, Germany MetaStock has not sent us code for the fractal dimension index. However, there is a MetaStock user forum that...

  • Measuring Cycle Periods by John F. Ehlers

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Measuring Cycle Periods by John F. Ehlers Measuring cycle periods allows you to adjust your indicators so they adapt to current market conditions. Here's how. IF you want to make your indicators and strategies adaptive to current market conditions, you must first measure the cycle periods that are present in the data. Given that you know the dominant cycle, you can then use that information to dynamically adjust your computations. For example, you can set the observation period of the relative strength index (RSI) to be half the dominant cycle. I have previously described a practical way to ...

Opening Position by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

  • Q&A by Don Bright

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Q&A by Don Bright EXITING TRADES I've been trading for about a year. I've started using a combination of gray boxes, which keeps me focused and disciplined. My entries have been consistently profitable and timed well, but my exits have not been because I always sell too early. My most profitable system has been to pick the strongest 30 stocks every day, and by strong I mean what doesn't go down when the market is going down -- my gray box then buys them after 2:00 pm Eastern time on a moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) crossover with a midrange relative strength index (RSI). Right ...

  • Stocks & Commodities V. 26:3 (24-32) Buying Straddles by Jay Kaeppel

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Buying Straddles by Jay Kaeppel In this, the third article of the series, the strategy of buying a straddle is discussed, which gives option traders an opportunity not available to others. AS discussed in the first article in this series, there are several key factors to consider in determining the best option trading strategy to use at any given point for a given security. Likewise, these criteria can be used to zero in on the specific best option or options to trade in executing a particular strategy. Selecting the proper strategy involves knowing what to look for in terms of the following...

  • The Russell Reconstitution: Plan For 2008 by Don Bright

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The Russell Reconstitution: Plan For 2008 by Don Bright Are there still profit-making opportunities in the Russell 2000? Find out here. There has been a lot of discussion about the "Russell reconstitution" and whether there would still be a good profit opportunity for professional traders. Some have opined the "edge is gone," but I am here to say, "No, it isn't." I have hundreds of traders, many of whom made excellent money using various strategies, all focusing on this event. RECONSTITUTION First off, here's a basic description of what we're talking about. Each stock market index is compo...

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  • Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc. Editor's note: Most of this month's Traders' Tips are based on John Ehlers' article in this issue, "Measuring Cycle Periods." Code written in Easy- Language for TradeStation is already provided by Ehlers in the article's sidebars. Additional code is presented here. Other tips presented in this section are based on articles of the contributors' choosing. Readers will find our Traders' Tips section in its entirety at the STOCKS & COMMODITIES website at www.Traders.com in the Traders' Tips area, from where the code can be copied and pasted into the app...

  • Trading By Tape-Reading by Adam Wasserman

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Trading By Tape-Reading by Adam Wasserman The foundation of all trading systems, indicators, and chart patterns is the battle of the tape. If you master that, it can make all the difference in your trading. Regarded as one of the first-ever successful strategies for traders, tape-reading is trading in its purest form. Charts, technical indicators, red lights, and green lights work wonderfully when mastered, but all are products of the tape and don't exist without it. By withstanding the test of time, tape-reading has proven to be the most consistent method of pulling money out of the stock m...

Working Money: The Candlestick Kicker by Steve Bigalow

Working Money: Trading The 10-Bagger by Thomas Maskell








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